|Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas (ICG/NEAMTWS), Third Session, Bonn, Germany 7–9 February 2007|
(2007). Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas (ICG/NEAMTWS), Third Session, Bonn, Germany 7–9 February 2007. Reports of Governing and Major Subsidiary Bodies = Rapports des organes directeurs et des principaux organes subsidiaires. Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) = Commision océanographique intergouvernementale, 125. IOC: Paris. ii, 10 + annexes pp.
Part of: Reports of Governing and Major Subsidiary Bodies = Rapports des organes directeurs et des principaux organes subsidiaires. Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) = Commision océanographique intergouvernementale. UNESCO: Paris, more
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The Third Session of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas (ICG/NEAMTWS-III) was held in Bonn, Germany, on 7 - 9 February 2007 under the Chairmanship of Prof. Stefano Tinti. It was attended by 92 participants from 16 ICG/NEAMTWS Member States, representatives from 9 organizations, and 19 observers.The ICG reviewed the progress made during the intersessional period from June 2006 to January 2007 and adopted the NEAMTWS Implementation Plan for the period 2007 – 2011. The Implementation Plan will be executed in two phases. The first phase, to be completed in 2007, will focus on (i) support to the continued work of the intersessional Working Groups for the completion of their respective tasks; (ii) nomination of national Tsunami Warning Focal Points (TWFP) and Tsunami National Contacts (TNC); (iii) implementation of the initial architecture and functions of the tsunami warning system through regional and subregional watch centres; (iv) the conduct of assessments of national capacities to address tsunamis and other ocean-related hazards, when requested, both through expert missions and a Country Assessment Questionnaire on tsunami warning and mitigation activities for ICG/NEAMTWS Member States; (v) the preparation of a Communication Plan. The second phase, covering the period 2008 - 2011, will focus on the establishment of regional tsunami watch centres and national tsunami warning centres and the implementation of the full TWS.The four intersessional Working Groups on (i) hazard and risk assessment and modelling; (ii) seismic and geophysical measurements; (iii) sea level measurements; and (iv) advisory, mitigation and public awareness each met immediately prior to and during the Session and provided the ICG with a summary of the existing activities and the requested infrastructure, functionalities and architecture of the TWS. The ICG confirmed the four intersessional working groups and encouraged them to continue their work in the context of the implementation plan.Italy announced that it would provide 24/7 processing and watch coverage of seismic data from the seas around Europe. These data are essential for the detection of offshore earthquakes that potentially generate tsunamis, and could significantly boost protection of Europe’s heavily developed and populated coastlines. The tsunami information bulletins will be provided by the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), one of Europe’s largest research institutions in the field of geophysics, seismology and vulcanology. The INGV will thus serve as the system’s first hub for immediate data delivery and tsunami watch dissemination. The ICG adopted a preliminary list of facilities that can assist or qualify as regional tsunami watch centres.The ICG expressed its support for the establishment of a framework for a global tsunami and other ocean-related hazards early warning system. The ICG decided to organize its Fourth Session in November 2007 and accepted the offer of Portugal to host it.